Graduate School
Fellowship Year
Yasmin Hussain Boston University 2017-2018
Nicole Delange San Diego State University 2016-2017
Jessica Kim Columbia University 2015-2016
Leila Shams New York University 2014-2015
Johnson Aderohunmu University of Oklahoma 2013-2014
Hue Le University of California, Berkeley 2012-2013
Vicki Shumulinsky The Ohio State University 2011-2012
University of Southern California
University of Missouri
University of Florida 2008-2009
The Ohio State University
University of Kansas
University of Southern California



Yasmin Hussain received her Master of Public Health Degree with a double concentration in Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights and Biostatistics from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in both General Biology and Public Health from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

During her time at UCSD, Yasmin found her interest in Public Health by participating in the non-profit organization called Healing Hearts Across Borders, where she traveled to rural communities in Tijuana, Mexico and helped set up mobile clinics that provided free medical care. The bonds and connections she made with the families of these communities inspired her to join another non-profit organization called the Global Brigades. Through this organization, she traveled to Honduras to work with impoverished families in building eco-stoves, concrete floors and sanitation stations in their homes. The experiences she gained from both organizations influenced her decision to pursue a MPH immediately after completing her undergraduate studies.

While in graduate school, Yasmin did an internship with the Veterans Hospital in Boston where she worked in both their Research and Administrative departments. In her internship, she conducted literature reviews and helped to write a paper on the validity of ICD coding in predicting cardiovascular health outcomes in Veterans using Electronic Health Records. In her free time, Yasmin enjoys going to concerts, doing yoga and traveling the world.


Nicole Delange received her Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

While in graduate school, Nicole served as the Community Health Fellow for the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASD&IC). During this time, she oversaw the implementation of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a collaborative project between seven hospitals and health systems throughout San Diego County, and gained significant exposure in local and state healthcare policy. Nicole also worked at the Institute for Public Health, where she analyzed local, state, and national data, conducted interviews with San Diego community groups, and generated reports for several hospital systems and community-based organizations.

Outside of work, Nicole served as the Epidemiology and Biology representative for the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health Student Council where she helped orchestrate a number of networking and learning opportunities for current students. In her free time, Nicole enjoys playing volleyball, rock climbing, and traveling.


Jessica Kim received her Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Jessica serves as a Board Member for the American College of Healthcare Executives in San Diego and was a member of the Future Healthcare Leaders Organization at Columbia University. Prior to her administrative fellowship, Jessica interned at Cedars-Sinai Health Systems in Los Angeles where she developed process maps for the pediatric department’s transportation system, provided recommendations for project goals for the next fiscal year, and facilitated the implementation of Progression of Care Rounds. She has previously worked as a Workers’ Compensation Manager where she managed the budged and increased the practice’s net revenue through negotiations with insurance adjusters.

While at UCSD, Jessica was also part of the Pathmaker Internship program at Palomar Health where she gained a clinically focused experience and received training in providing direct patient care. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys traveling, hiking, and dancing. In addition, she holds a minor in theater and has acted professionally for two years. 


Leila Shams received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Science from the University of California, Irvine and she recently graduated with a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management with an emphasis in Health Services Management.

Before entering graduate school, Leila spent time working at Zynx Health, a corporate IT software company as a Client Services Analyst intern which bridged her interest in health care IT strategy and operations management. Leila transitioned into a managerial role as a Project Coordinator in a start-up company called WellnessMart, M.D where she was involved in health care operations and workflow/process improvement.

During graduate school, Leila was involved in the Leadership and Management Organization at NYU as the Communications chair helping to set up networking events with students, professors and members of the health care community. She was also involved in ACHE as a student associate and continues to be involved in their events. In between her first and second year of graduate school, Leila worked at a health care consulting firm as a Health Services Consultant Intern in Costa Rica. She had the opportunity to work on and develop business models for health system strengthening projects for international hospitals, develop and improve patient-engagement strategies and patient-centered care opportunities, along with creating innovative strategies to implement quality improvement methods for new healthcare initiatives.


Johnson Aderohunmu received his Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and he recently graduated with a Master of Health Administration and Policy Degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

Bridging his interest in international business and healthcare, Johnson assisted in creating a business plan for Bump, a non-profit organization that researched and developed trans-radial prosthetic arms made specifically for developing countries around the world. During graduate school, Johnson was the treasurer for the University of Oklahoma’s ACHE student affiliate and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA). As a GRA, Johnson supported the program assessment and evaluation of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust which is developing a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) exchange among all health care providers in Oklahoma. Johnson continues his involvement for the University of Oklahoma by conducting research concerning complementary and alternative medicine in rural settings.

Johnson completed his administrative internship at St. David’s Medical Center, an HCA facility, where he engaged in projects related to Quality Management and Performance Improvement. In his free time, John enjoys music venues, indoor and outdoor fitness, travel, cooking and various art forms.


Hue Le received her Master of Public Health Degree in health policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley. While in graduate school, Hue interned at Blue Shield of California on the Network Performance Analytics and Consulting Team, where she analyzed publicly-available data to understand Medicare and Medicaid cost-shifting and conducted a gap analysis to improve a process that helps reduce medical costs. Hue was also involved with the School of Public Health Student Government and the Public Health Alumni Association.

Before graduate school, Hue worked as an Analyst for a Medicare Part D insurance company in New York City, where she led the development of a concierge service for beneficiaries, analyzed the impact of health care policy on the company, and helped develop a strategic plan to increase enrollment.

Hue grew up in San Diego and received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where she majored in psychology and minored in health policy.  Outside of work, Hue enjoys cooking, finding great deals, traveling, and hiking.


Vicki Shumulinsky attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Masters of Health Administration in June, 2011 and a Bachelors in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Management.

During graduate school, Vicki was involved with ACHE as a student associate and held leadership positions in her college's professional student organization, the Association of Future Healthcare Executives. During her first year, she received a Graduate Administrative Assistantship with her MHA program's Alumni Society. Vicki also worked as a Research Consultant for a local not-for-profit healthcare collaborative organization where she was involved with a Healthcare Reform initiative concerning federal grant opportunities in the community. Vicki completed an Administrative Residency at Sinai Health System, an urban and safety-net hospital in Chicago, where she led project work in the areas of Quality, Finance, Operations, and Strategic Planning.

Vicki takes her next career step at UCSD Health System in strategic planning. She continues her involvement in the local San Diego ACHE chapter SOHL by assisting with Program Development and is a member of the local HFMA chapter. She is also Philanthropy Chair in the San Diego Chapter of Tri-Delta Sorority Alumnae. In her free time, Vicki enjoys concerts, boxing and outdoor fitness, travel, and involvement with canine rescue groups.


Pernell Jones received his Bachelor's Degree in Health Science & Biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and recently completed his Master of Health Administration Degree from USC's School of Policy, Planning, and Development.  His academic background includes studying abroad, where Mr. Jones explored biomedical research and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Pernell started his healthcare management career at HealthCare Partners Medical Group & IPA, working as an administrative intern in finance, marketing, and human resources. He was also an operations and finance intern at Providence- Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA.  While at USC, Pernell was elected president of the Student Health Council, a student organization whose mission is to provide graduate and undergraduate students with professional, academic, and social skills that are critical for the success in the healthcare industry.  He was also a senior editor and founding member of the first ever student-run academic journal in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.  He continues to foster his professional growth by being active in local ACHE and HFMA chapters. Outside of work, Pernell enjoys photography and Photoshop, traveling, concerts, and sports.


Anna Ha holds a master's degree in Health Administration from the University of Missouri, School of Medicine and a B.S. in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her fellowship, she completed an administrative internship at the American Hospital Association's Health Research and Educational Trust, where she worked on projects that helped translate and bridge health care research into policy and practice. Anna's previous work experience includes the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Health Capital Consultants.

During graduate school, Anna served on the Missouri Regents Advisory Council for ACHE and continues to maintain membership in the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL), the local ACHE chapter. Inspired by her fellowship experience at Palomar Health, she presented at the 2011 ACHE Congress in Chicago, IL for the student track session entitled, “The Administrative Fellowship Experience.” In her spare time, Anna remains active in philanthropy by participating in community service activities.


Joanna Sainmervil, a south Florida native, received her B.A. in Economics with a minor in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. In 2008, she graduated with her Masters of Health Administration degree from the same university. During her graduate studies, Joanna held several leadership roles. These included Relay for Life Activities and Entertainment Co-Chair, Patient Advocacy Liaison for Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida and founder of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) University of Florida Student Network Program. Currently, Joanna is a Billing Analyst for UCSD Medical Center.


Natalie Bennett currently serves as Manager in the Program Development Department, where one of her primary responsibilities is to manage business growth and physician relations for Orthopedics and General Surgery. The other aspect of her role includes system implementation of a process improvement/problem solving approach that directly engages front line leadership to more effectively solve and respond to day-to-day problems. This approach, modified from the Toyota Production System, is fairly new to health care and is offering Natalie great experience managing a system-wide project that is developing the skills of front line leadership to deal with challenges they will face moving into the new hospital. She maintains a membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves as Board Chair for the local ACHE Chapter, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL).

Prior to starting her fellowship at Palomar Health, Natalie received a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Management from Purdue University. She continued on to graduate school at The Ohio State University where she graduated with her MHA in June 2007. While in graduate school, Natalie served as an integral member of the Strategic Planning team at The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC), one of the leading academic medical centers in the United States. She has also had an opportunity to work for the Sinai Health System (Chicago, IL), Medical University of Ohio, and Home Hospital.


Kwaja Floyd received her B.S. in Health Information Management from Florida A&M University and subsequently worked as a technical analyst for several healthcare software development organizations for several years.  Kwaja subsequently received her Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Kwaja completed her administration fellowship with Palomar Health and then accepted a position as IS Analyst for Security and Compliance and then Project Coordinator for Clinical Outreach Services, involving her in many aspects of outpatient and skilled nursing facility development.  Kwaja continued to be an active participant with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and previously served on the Board for the local ACHE Chapter, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL).


Stonish Pierce, FACHE During his tenure with Palomar Health, one of Stonish's greatest talents was taking on concepts and making them a reality. From developing Palomar Health expresscare clinics, the first-hospital-based retail clinics in California; deploying Palomar Health's inaugural ambulatory EMR system; developing a system-wide plan for centralizing support services and securing corporate relationships with SUPERVALU and Medifast. He also served as one of three primary writers for the California Malcolm Baldridge Quality Aware, which led to a Bronze State Award recognition for Palomar Health.

Outside of his professional role, Stonish served five years on the Board of the San Diego-American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Chapter, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL). His tenure was highlighted by serving as President in 2009 where he introduced the 1st Annual SOHL Education Conference and Board of Governors Exam Lecture Series. He also served on the ACHE Regent’s Advisory Council for San Diego & Imperial Counties for five years. Stonish received the ACHE Regent's Early Career Healthcare Executive Award for San Diego/Imperial Counties in 2009, the SOHL Outstanding Board Member Award in 2009 and was recognized by ACHE in 2008 as an Emerging Leader in the health care industry. Stonish is board certified in health care management and a Fellow of ACHE (FACHE). Stonish earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and his Master of Health Administration degree with a graduate certificate in ambulatory care management, all from the University of Southern California.


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